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NEW YORK – April 11, 2013 – NBC Sports Live Extra, the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for digital, mobile and tablets, will begin live streaming NBC Sports Network live-event content to Cablevision, Comcast Xfinity TV, Suddenlink and Verizon FiOS customers via TV Everywhere beginning tonight. Additional cable, satellite and telco providers are expected to be added soon.
The 2013 NBC Sports Network live-event programming roster includes the remainder of the NHL regular season, the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Final; Premier League and Major League Soccer matche; Formula One™ and IndyCar races; horse racing that surrounds the Triple Crown; and more.
from Michael Hiestand of USA TODAY,
NBC will formally announce Thursday that it will offer live digital streams of all its marquee sports events -- including action on its NBC Sports Network cable channel and Golf Channel....
Rick Cordella, senior vice president for the NBC Sports Group's digital media, tells USA TODAY Sports that "we're streaming every thing where we have the rights to do it."...
Among the NBC action that will be streamed: All NHL playoff games -- including first-ever streams of the Stanley Cup. that will be up from just 12 NHL playoff games being streamed last season.
NEW YORK - February 15, 2013 - NBC Sports Group will celebrate Hockey Day In America with fans by inviting viewers to share photos of how they are spending the day in their hometown. Using the hashtag #HockeyDay, fans will be able to share photos, via Twitter, of celebrations at home, ice rinks and at arenas across the country. Select images will be retweeted by NBC Sports’ NHL Twitter account @NHLONNBCSPORTS and shared on-air during NBC and NBC Sports Network’s nine hours of Hockey Day In America coverage.
added 2:30pm, more on the ratings below from a press release from NBC.
In the video, NBC claims the Penguins beat the Flyers in their playoff matchup last season... oops.
NEW YORK – Jan. 15, 2013 – NBC Sports Group begins regular-season NHL coverage on Sat., Jan. 19 with the Stanley Cup Champion L.A. Kings banner raising at 3 p.m. ET on NBC. After the ceremony, NBC will air regional coverage of Chicago Blackhawks at Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers. On Sun., Jan. 20 at 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC returns with the Buffalo Sabres hosting the Flyers. NBC Sports Network begins its season Sunday night by televising the Phoenix Coyotes at the Chicago Blackhawks at 10 p.m. ET.
The lead NHL broadcast team of Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside the Glass’ analyst), will call the majority of the games on NBC. This weekend, due to the unique coverage offered on NBC, Dave Strader (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Brian Engblom (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will team up for the Blackhawks at Kings. Emrick and McGuire will team up to announce Pittsburgh at Philadelphia on Saturday and Philadelphia at Buffalo on Sunday on NBC.
NBC Sports Group today previewed the season on a conference call with Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire, as well as Executive Producer Sam Flood.
NEW YORK — Jan. 13, 2013 — NBC Sports Group will air 70 NHL regular-season games across NBC and NBC Sports Network this season. The schedule includes 14 exclusive windows (15 games) on NBC, the most regular-season windows ever for the network, as well as 24 exclusive windows and 26 exclusive games on NBC Sports Network.
Coverage begins the weekend of Jan. 19-20 with the NBC Sports Group presenting four games over two days, three on NBC and one on NBC Sports Network. Additional scheduling highlights include the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup championship banner raising, a Hockey Day in America tripleheader, and the start of rivalry nights on Wednesday night on NBC Sports Network. According to the National Hockey League, which released the schedule today, all games will be intra-conference with an emphasis on divisional play.
from Steve Lepore of SB Nation,
NBC will open this season with an the 2013 NHL schedule with a first. I've gone back and looked through 40 or 50 years of NHL broadcast schedules (albeit, there are about 15 to 20 of those years where the league wasn't on broadcast television), and this will be the first time a major network (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox) will air National Hockey League regular season games on consecutive days.
It's been long-rumored that NBC will open up with a Flyers vs. Penguins national game at 3 p.m. ET on Jan. 19. It appears, however, that NBC will return to the old practice of regionalizing -- half the country will get one game, the other will get another.
The other game? NBC's listings page confirms that they'll be airing the home opener of the Los Angeles Kings, as they raise their banner against the Chicago Blackhawks. The likely result is that NBC will either split the country into east and west, or possibly add in a third game (New York Rangers vs. Boston perhaps?) and further split things up, ensuring a boffo rating.
On Sunday, the Flyers will pull double duty, taking on the Sabres in Buffalo at 12:30 p.m. ET. That game will likely (though it's not official) be nationally televised.
from Liana B. Baker of Reuters,
NBC executives are hoping that the National Hockey League and its players union reach a new labor agreement and avoid a lockout that could leave the network scrambling to find a replacement for one of its sports programming mainstays.
Hockey is a linchpin of NBC Sports programming - the network signed a new $2 billion, 10-year contract with the league last year. A strike or delay in the upcoming NHL season would throw cold water on the momentum it built up from the London Olympics, which nightly averaged 31.3 million viewers for the network....
The timing could not be worse for Comcast, which is relying on hockey to build up the NBC Sports Network, its fledgling cable sports channel. A lockout would leave the network, previously known as Versus and the Outdoor Life Network, with major holes to fill in its prime-time lineup.
"The NBC Sports Network got some great lift and visibility and awareness with the Olympics and they'd like to keep that momentum by having the NHL," said Jason Maltby, director of national broadcast TV at media buying firm MindShare.
from Christopher Botta and John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal at The Sporting News,
NBC and NHL executives hailed as a success their strategy of televising every Stanley Cup playoff game in its entirety for the first time this year, even if ratings for the Final and the league’s conference championship series dropped considerably.
Viewership dropped 33 percent for the six-game Stanley Cup Final and 8 percent for the conference finals from last year. For the entire postseason, viewership on NBC, NBC Sports Network and CNBC was down 14 percent compared with last year’s coverage on NBC and Versus (1.2 million viewers compared with 1.4 million).
“There are certain things that you can control and work on, and there are other things that you deal with as they come along,” said Jon Miller, NBC Sports president of programming. “Our advertising revenue is up. Sponsorship is up. We sold a lot more inventory because we had more games to sell. On every measurable metric that we look at to evaluate our first year of this partnership, we think that it was a huge success.”
NBC has said that ad sales around this year’s playoffs were up 40 percent, and ad buyers said they were satisfied with the playoffs’ overall TV performance.
via Michael Hiestand of USA TODAY,
In the USA’s second-biggest TV market, Game 6 drew 13.6 of local households—the most ever for NHL action in that market. Overall, Game 6 drew a 4.0 overnight—4% of households in the 56 urban markets measured for overnights—up 3% from last year’s Boston-Vancouver Cup Final Game 6.
Otherwise, this year’s Cup Final trailed last year. Ratings for the first two games, on NBC, were down 25% from last year, while the next two on NBC Sports Network were off 33%—and the overnight for Game 5 on NBC was off 19%.
Separately, NBC finished with a 4.8 national rating—4.8% of U.S. households—for its Belmont Stakes coverage. That’s up 12% from last year. NBC’s three-race Triple Crown average—7.5% of U.S. households—was the highest since 2008, when Big Brown was a Triple Crown contender heading into the Belmont.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
For one thing, ratings for the playoffs as a whole are up. More than 70 million “unique” viewers tuned in across North America over the first three rounds, an increase over last year, although (John) Collins couldn’t give an exact percentage. Almost twice as many Americans were watching compared to Canadians (the number was 44 million compared to 23 million through two rounds).
Collins said the league is thrilled with the Kings’ popularity in a tough market, the second largest — behind New York — in the United States. The area around the Staples Centre has been packed on game days with party revellers.
“We’ve been able to pick up a big, important media market in every playoffs (the last few years) and light that place up as a hockey market,” said Collins. “I feel like that’s happening in Los Angeles. It’s not just hockey fans who are into the Kings story, it’s the entire market.”
While NBC’s ratings for the Cup final are down compared to last year, the network rules the L.A. market on nights when it shows Kings games. NBC Sports Network — a cable network — was the top-rated network overall in Los Angeles for the 8-11 p.m. time period during Game 4.
from Justin Bourne of The Score,
I’m a Canadian guy living in the US, so I’m quite familiar with the work of most national broadcasters. I love Bob Cole and Harry Neal (“Great save by…the goalie!”), and usually I love Jim Hughson. Now that I’m in the US, I get a lot of Doc Emrick, who is a whole bunch of fantastic himself (“Waffleboarded into the corner by Brodeur!”).
When Anze Kopitar scored the OT winner in Game 1 it, Emrick owned the moment. You could see the play unfolding, so the announcers had time to get excited as things developed. It’s not as fun when some surprise garbage goal goes in – this one gave us the rising action and the climax.
Jim Hughson’s call on CBC wasn’t exactly electric though. He sounded like a one of the bias broadcasters that sounds openly disappointed when their team gets scored on.
continued with video comparison…
from Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated,
(Each month SI.com highlights people in the sports media who have proved newsworthy, both for positive and negative achievements. Since this column has been away the past two months, let’s call this the spring media power list)
1. Mike Emrick, NBC NHL announcer: My colleague Michael Farber calls him the preeminent lexicographer of the frozen game. I call him NBC’s Bard of Spring. With NBC airing every NHL playoff game nationally since the second round, Emrick has been a welcome visitor in homes for weeks, and at 65, he’s never been better at his craft. Losing no steam during the Rangers’ triple overtime win over the Capitals on May 3, Emrick wryly concluded, “There were three games played tonight in the NHL, two of them right here.” Sometimes we don’t give the best of the profession enough due because their daily excellence becomes expected. Emrick begins another Stanley Cup Final run Wednesday night (NBC, 8 p.m. ET). Tune in if you want to see a master word painter at work.
continue for a blurb on John Buccigross, the only other hockey person mentioned…
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
There have been numerous press releases from both the NHL and the NBC sports network trumpeting the increase in viewers in these playoffs in the U.S. and the numbers only lie when you really want them too.
Of course much of the success, perhaps the lion’s share of these increases, is directly due to the increase in penetration in places where hockey hasn’t been a steady diet in the U.S. other than the full network weekend telecasts.
Having been in four different hotels in California the past month your agent can assure Canadian fans that the days without hockey while in the contiguous U.S. states are at an end, at least until this present 10 year agreement runs out which won’t be for another nine seasons. Every time you turn on your television there is the NBC Sports network front and centre when you couldn’t find Versus with a private investigator in those same regions in the past. No longer do you have to ferret out the closest sports bar and check to see whether they carry the hockey game. It seems to be everywhere which is something the sport didn’t have before, perhaps ever.
Even when the NHL was on ESPN, if another big event came along which conflicted with a crucial game, hockey would be bumped to ESPN2 which didn’t have anywhere near the penetration it does now. So for early playoffs and regular season, this coverage American fans are presently enjoying is perhaps the best ever and the numbers are there. And for that reason the thumbs have to go up with respect to the success of this deal. In fact, a lot of good things have been happening with respect to television revenues and penetration ever since the league got it’s act together with the Winter Sports classic and carried that momentum forward with this contract. After all these years, it’s great to see some success.
NEW YORK – May 14, 2012 – The NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the first two rounds of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs have averaged 1.06 million viewers, making the Conference Quarterfinals and Conference Semifinals the most-watched first two rounds on record (sine 1994, when cable program data started). On NBC, NBC Sports Network and CNBC, the 2012 Conference Semifinals averaged 1.32 million viewers, making them the most-watched Conference Semifinals on record. More than 39 million total viewers have watched the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC, NBC Sports Network and CNBC, up 23% vs. last year (32.2).
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
The last time the NHL was riding this high, in the estimation of American public opinion anyway, was during the spring of 1994 when the New York Rangers won their first Stanley Cup in 54 years. The league promptly celebrated its success by locking out its players for the first three months of the next season, thereby squandering almost all of its hard-won momentum.
Fast forward to the present. Ratings for the first two rounds of the NHL playoffs are hitting record levels with four of the top-6 NBC Sports Channel games ever telecast. On a local level, the New York Rangers (playing in the No. 1 media market in the U.S.) have reached the finals in the Eastern Conference, while the Los Angeles Kings (No. 2 media market) are in the Western Conference finals.
Strike up Gary Bettman’s Marching Band ... we’re headed for another lockout.
Much is being made in some corners of the ascension in NHL playoff ratings and the concurrent decline in the NBA’s ratings during its just-completed first round.
This Sunday at 1pm, Channel 3 will be carrying the baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers, forcing us to join Game 4 of the Stanley Cup semi-finals between the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings, in progress. We know this upsets our hockey loving fans and are sorry to have to do it.
Below is a statement from our programming director, Terry Moir, on the tough decisions she has to make when it comes to balancing our commitment to the Indians and other programming.
Dear hockey fans,
We know and understand your frustration with us for airing Indians baseball instead of playoff hockey. But Channel 3 has a contract to air 20 of the Cleveland Indian baseball games on broadcast TV. We entered into our agreement when STO was just being launched. The idea was to have 20 games that people who could not afford cable TV would be able to see. We try, very hard, to divide up the sports that we pre-empt for baseball. So we take some hockey, some tennis, some golf, some volleyball and various other smaller sporting events.
Games are picked in December of the year before they air. Then NBC lays in their sports calendar in January or February. Our initial list of games is then cleared by NBC. NBC has events that we can pre-empt and ones that we cannot pre-empt. If I have a game on a date that they feel is not pre-emptible then I have to move off that date….
NEW YORK – April 27, 2012 – On the strength of a record 16 overtime games, 32 one-goal games, and a new television format that televised every first-round game nationally for the first time, the Conference Quarterfinals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs delivered record-setting viewership. According to Fast National data released today by The Nielsen Company, the 2012 Conference Quarterfinals:
from SportsBusiness Daily (normally paid subscription),
NBC earned a 2.5 overnight Nielsen rating for the Bruins’ OT win over the Capitals yesterday in Game Six of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series, marking the best non-Stanley Cup Final game overnight in 14 years. The comparable Flyers-Sabres Game Six last year earned a 1.6 overnight. NBC also earned a 2.4 overnight for Flyers’ elimination of the Penguins in Game Six of their series. There was no comparable early-window game on Sunday last year.
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NEW YORK – April 16, 2012 – Three NHL Stanley Cup Playoff games on NBC this past weekend averaged a 50% increase in overnight ratings compared to last year’s coverage on the network, according to official overnight ratings data released today by The Nielsen Company. The increase includes Sunday’s Flyers-Penguins game on NBC, which posted the best Conference Quarterfinal game in 11 years and the best for any NHL playoff game, excluding the Stanley Cup Final, in a decade.
from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,
NBC almost did a great job covering the nasty final few minutes of Sunday’s Flyers-Penguins game. The direction and camera work were first-rate. Viewers didn’t miss a second of the fights on the ice and war of words between the benches.
What was missing was stronger analysis from Pierre McGuire and Ed Olczyk. While both teams seemed to have a reason to be irritated with the other, neither analyst was strong enough in his opinion as to who was to blame. It was obvious Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was upset with Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. But it would have been nice if McGuire and Olczyk — both former coaches who, you would think, know the protocol — gave their takes on who was in the right.
Viewers also could have expected more from McGuire, who was stationed between the benches, smack dab in the middle of the yelling and trash talking. One could only guess there was plenty of cursing and threats, but McGuire at least could have given us more of a clue to the gist of the argument. One of the advantages of being between the benches is hearing what is being said. So take advantage of it.
In the end, McGuire and Olczyk are outstanding. They provided excellent commentary for most of Sunday’s game as they do for every game. I’d rather listen to those two than anyone else when it comes to hockey. But the viewers needed just a little more on Sunday.
read on if care about HNIC using old footage of the rink in Tampa Bay…
Pre-game at the Winter Classic.
Suprised Roenick didn’t break out a grin.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
In an exclusive two-hour interview with the Globe on Saturday morning, former Bruins defenseman Mike Milbury offered his side of the Dec. 9 incident at a Brookline outdoor rink for which he now could face assault charges.
According to the 59-year-old Milbury, he acted only to break up an on-ice altercation between 12-year-old hockey players, one of them his son, which had him briefly restraining the player from the Everett-based club who was skirmishing with his son prior to a shootout contest.
‘‘I want to be clear about a couple of things,’’ said Milbury. ‘‘No one was punched, kicked or assaulted in any way. I know the ‘Mad Mike’ image that I have and all that. I love the game, I’m passionate about it, but I don’t smack kids around. I grabbed the other kid by the sweater to stop a fight and, yeah, I swore at him. That’s it. That’s what I did…”.
added 9:17pm, Additional items have been added to the original article. I suggest you check it out again if you are interested in this topic.
via Michael Hiestand of USA TODAY,
NBC’s Boston Bruins-Detroit Red Wings game Friday — an attempt to expand NHL TV interest before NBC TV games start in January — drew a 1.0 overnight, almost what NBC averages for NHL regular-season games.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer...
NEW YORK – October 17, 2011 – Popular NHL bloggers Jason Brough and Mike Halford have joined NBC Sports Digital to be the featured writers for ProHockeyTalk on NBCSports.com. Previously, Brough and Halford penned the Orland Kurtenblog for the Vancouver Province and hosted the KB Radio show on TEAM 1040 in Vancouver.
Brough and Halford will become the lead voices on NBCSports.com’s ProHockeyTalk, joining current writer Joe Yerdon to cover all topics across the NHL.
from Reality TV Website,
The critically-acclaimed team of Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside the Glass’ analyst) will return to the NBC Sports Group as its featured broadcast team for the 2011-12 NHL season. Emrick, who won the Sports Emmy Award earlier this year in the play-by-play category, Olczyk and McGuire will again cover the ‘NHL Game of the Week’ broadcasts on NBC and will add VERSUS’ new exclusive Wednesday night telecast to their schedule.
Veteran NHL announcer Dave Strader (play-by-play) and former NHL player Brian Engblom (‘Inside the Glass’ analyst) also return and will primarily handle Tuesday and Sunday night telecasts as a team. Emrick, McGuire and Strader will call games exclusively for the NBC Sports Group this season.
In the studio, host Liam McHugh and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones begin their second season together on VERSUS’ pre- and post-game show, NHL Live. Also on VERSUS, the NHL Overtime team of host Bill Patrick and analyst Jeremy Roenick will often be joined by additional former NHL players or coaches. McHugh and Milbury will also work NBC’s pre- and post-game coverage as well as its intermission segments.
from Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News,
Looking to establish an evening destination for sports information and analysis, the NBC Sports Group will continue its revamp of Versus by launching a new weeknight block of live studio shows next month.
The NBC SportsTalk block, in the 6 p.m. hour, centers on the NBCSports.com digital franchise that includes ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, ProBasketballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, CollegeFootballTalk, InsidetheIrish and ProGolfTalk.
The live block of shows, kicking off Sept. 8, will focus on the sports world’s most relevant topics each night and will feature NBC Sports Group talent, who will not only report on sports news, but break down the significance of that news for viewers. Mondays (ProFootballTalk with Mike Florio) and Fridays at 6 p.m. (ET) will be devoted to football, while the rest of the shows during the week will focus on the most topical sports stories. Starting on Oct. 10, Mondays will feature NHL Live at 6:30 p.m., which will serve as a lead-in to the network’s hockey coverage.
For those of you who have been wondering what the Penguins’ national TV broadcast schedule would look like, your prayers have been answered. The Penguins will appear on nation TV the maximum 12 times starting with their season opening game against the Vancouver Canucks. Counting the game in Vancouver, the Penguins have been selected to appear on Versus six times. The Penguins have also had six games selected by NBC for possible flex scheduling on Sunday afternoons.
The details of the broadcast schedule are broken down below in the release from the team.
More than 300 of the NHL’s regular season contests will be televised by the League’s national broadcast partners during the 2011-12 season.
The League unveiled the national television schedule for the upcoming season Thursday, highlighted by the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere games and a Friday matinee on NBC the day after Thanksgiving.
Press release from the NHL is below:
from Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick at Devils.com,
To the marvelous fans of the New Jersey Devils:
A good friend advised me several years ago that before any major decision, you should look in the mirror and look at your birth certificate.
Since my contracts with MSG, VERSUS, and NBC all expired late this spring, this was another of those times. I discovered that the birth certificate couldn’t be changed and it showed me to be 65 in a few days.
I’ve been extremely fortunate to have been able to spend 23 incredible years with the MSG Network channels and 21 equally enjoyable years—including 3 Stanley Cup championships—with the New Jersey Devils. However, considering the long-term significance of this decision, I was able to construct a lighter regular season-schedule and the usual complement of Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final games for NBC and VERSUS.
But that assurance of less travel and fewer games has regrettably led me to end my association with the MSG Network channels and the Devils.
via Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
Dave Strader, the television play-by-play voice of the Coyotes, is expected to leave his position and accept a job with NBC/Versus, according to an NHL source.
The Coyotes have posted an ad on NHL.com to fill Strader’s position.
Strader joined the Coyotes for the 2007-08 season, moving over from the Florida Panthers, for whom he held a similar position for two years.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Canadian hockey fans will be seeing a lot less of Pierre McGuire in the future.
The ubiquitous analyst, who has been dividing his time between Canada and the United States since NBC regained the U.S. rights for National Hockey League games in 2006, has decided to concentrate on his duties south of the border.
“It’s a chance to spend more time with my family,” said the 50-year-old McGuire, who has an 11-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old. “I’ll be doing two games a week for Versus or NBC and spend one night in the Versus studio.”
via The Wrap, (Preliminary numbers)
At NBC—which signed a massive, 10-year deal to retain its hockey rights in April—Game 6 of the Stanley Cup dominated the roster from 8-11. The face-off between the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks felt a 34 percent slip from last year’s Game 6, taking a 1.9/5 in the demo and 5.2 million total viewers.
AP reporting NBC won the bidding for four more games.
Read about it at MSNBC.
NEW YORK – June 2, 2011—Last night’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, which featured the Vancouver Canucks defeating the Boston Bruins, 1-0, produced the best overnight rating for a Game 1 in 12 years. The broadcast generated a 3.2 overnight rating and 6 share up 14 percent compared to last year’s Game 1 (Philadelphia-Chicago, 2.8/6) and the best overnight for a Game 1 since 1999 (Buffalo vs. Dallas, 3.7 on Fox).
thanks to Sorry Bro: Sports Through Houser for posting the video
“I don’t know what the obsession is about things coming out of my mouth. Maybe because of the career I had or the reputation I had for being outspoken. But the media really loves when I say something controversial, and everybody jumps on the bandwagon. Fifty percent of the people really love me, and 50 percent don’t like me at all.”
—Jeremy Roenick, in a North Country Times interview
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
The resignation of NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol raises serious questions about the network’s commitment to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia – and, by extension, the attendance of NHL players in those Games. Industry rumours said Ebersol was having trouble convincing the new owners of NBC and Comcast to shell out the significant money needed for Sochi after losing a considerable amount on the Vancouver Games in 2010. Matters reportedly came to a head Thursday morning, with Ebersol telling staffers he was gone.
It’s hard to see the NHL doing business on ABC or ESPN after signing its recent 10-year deal with the NBC and Comcast. The negotiations for the U.S. Olympic TV rights will be determined in June.
more hockey broadcast talk…
NEW YORK—- Legendary producer and broadcast executive Dick Ebersol has announced his resignation after a career spanning more than 40 years, the last 22 as the top executive at NBC Sports.
Steve Burke, CEO, NBCUniversal and Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation said: “Dick Ebersol is an incredible talent whose contributions to the company over the last four decades in sports, news and entertainment are unsurpassed. Dick has masterfully produced everything from the Olympics and Sunday Night Football, to the Triple Crown, NHL games and major golf and tennis events. In the entertainment world, he helped create Saturday Night Live, one of the most significant programs in television. We will miss his intellect, experience, and passion for the television business.”
Don’t worry about the video, just listen.
from Phil Mushnick of the NY Post,
Had to enjoy that Wonder-bread sandwich NBC served Saturday. The Rangers-Capitals telecast came in the middle of two slices of preposterous.
The game began 20 minutes after NBC advertised it would, an old, dishonest trick that NBC Sports has reprised.
So after 20 minutes of commercials, come-ons and pregame analysis, the game began. Fifty-five seconds later, the first whistle stopped play. So NBC—less than a minute into the game—sent it to mid-ice, where Pierre McGuire provided some more analysis!
What more was there for us to consider after 55 seconds? McGuire, on camera, reported the self-evident: The Rangers had begun with a decent, hustling scoring chance (but so did the Capitals!) and the Rangers would have to produce more such chances to win this game.
No kidding? Thanks.
When the game and series ended, McGuire sat with 21-year-old Capitals defenseman John Carlson. McGuire’s first question was, “When did you guys start to feel you had a chance to win this series?”
NEW YORK (April 19, 2011) – The National Hockey League and the NBC Sports Group will make a major announcement on a media conference call TODAY at 1 p.m. ET. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Sports Group will participate along with additional NHL and NBC Sports Group executives.
WHO: Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner
Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Sports Group
Additional NHL and NBC Sports Group executives
WHAT: Major Announcement
WHEN: TODAY at 1 p.m. ET
added 11:01am, from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
Estimates are that the league will make $220-million (U.S.) per year over the course of the decade-long deal. The previous agreement saw NBC and the NHL splitting profits on their network package with no rights fee to the league. The deal also represents the first time the NHL has renewed its U.S. network TV contract with the same network since the 1960s. It marks a triumph for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who spurned ESPN after the 2004-‘05 lockout and has stuck with NBC and Comcast (whose chairman Ed Snider owns the Philadelphia Flyers) despite criticism of the household reach of Versus, their hockey channel.
In turn, NBC/ Comcast is promising to make over hockey as its prime sports tenant on Versus (soon to be NBC Sports Channel) and a significant force on the main network. Sources tell the Globe & Mail that the broadcaster and the league are looking to create a “March Madness” style promotion of the playoffs on both NBC and its news sports cable channel. The anticipated loss of one or two U.S. franchises to Canada does not appear to have been an impediment to the contract.
Update 2:08pm ET: News release from the NHL.
Update 2:40pm ET: Complete Details below—
Take in the action of the Capitals/Rangers game from the netcam.
NEW YORK – April 11, 2011 – The NBC Sports Group begins its comprehensive coverage of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs this week with Conference Quarterfinal games on NBC, VERSUS and four Comcast SportsNets. NBC Sports and VERSUS, whose coverage often includes double and triple headers, will present every round of the playoffs, concluding with the Stanley Cup Final in June. Comcast SportsNet California, Chicago, Mid-Atlantic and Philadelphia begin first-round coverage of their respective local teams this week (Sharks, Blackhawks, Capitals and Flyers). Their coverage can extend to the second round if their teams advance. In addition to television coverage, NBCSports.com and VERSUS.com are uniting to create a robust NHL playoffs digital destination for fans beginning Wednesday.
From A.J. Perez and CBS Sports’ Eye on Hockey:
He’s been seen here and there on NBC over the years and he goes on the Jim Rome Show—Smack-off is Friday by the way, clones—on occasion. His sporadic showing stateside could have a little something to do with what he told a Pittsburgh TV station years ago when they put up an image of Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr on the screen.
“There’s Mario and his sister,” the NHL coach turned analyst blurted out.
Versus spokesman Meier Raivich said in an e-mail that there are no plans to use Cherry, either on Versus or corporate cousin, NBC .
via Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times,
NBC’s hockey intermissions have become can’t-miss viewing for fans with the very opinionated Milbury and McGuire. On Sunday, they took on the Islanders-Penguins debacle of Friday night that featured 346 penalty minutes, 10 ejections, 15 fighting majors and 20 misconducts. Both were highly critical, particularly of the Islanders, but Milbury had the guts to say this: “We have fighting in this game, not because of the logical hogwash that says players need to have it to police the game. That’s just hogwash. We have it because we like it. … We like the violent part of it whether we admit it or not. We allow it to a certain point. When it goes past that certain point, we all cringe and say, ‘Oh, my God. We’ve got to do something about it.’ ‘’
added 10:30am, The NBC release has been added below…
NEW YORK (JANUARY 19, 2011) ─ The National Hockey League® (NHL) today announced that McDonald’s USA has renewed as League partner in the United States. As part of this agreement, McDonald’s has secured the position of title sponsor for Hockey Day In America – a six-hour celebration of the sport of hockey on NBC, and will serve as sponsor of the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, NC amongst other unique brand extensions
This was announced earlier today but waited for a story that did not include a lot of legalize…
from Joe Flint of the LA Times,
The Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department have approved Comcast Corp.‘s deal to take a majority stake in General Electric Co.‘s NBC Universal, the government actions needed to create a new media and entertainment behemoth that spans television, a Hollywood movie studio and the Internet.
Announced 13 months ago, the deal puts under one roof the nation’s largest cable and broadband operator with one of the country’s most storied broadcasters, whose assets include networks NBC and Telemundo as well as Universal Pictures and cable channels USA, Syfy and Bravo.
The FCC didn’t give carte blanche to Comcast Corp, however. Its approval was contingent upon Comcast Corp. agreeing to conditions that the government hopes will reign in the media giant. Comcast also made commitments to boost NBC Universal’s news and public affairs programming.
The conditions, most of which run seven years, include requirements that Comcast make its content available to rival cable and satellite distributors as well as online distributors.
from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,
According to Sports Media Watch, the 2011 NHL Winter Classic delivered a ratings win for NBC in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic for the Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins in the soggy Steel City, which was rescheduled from the afternoon to 8 p.m. due to weather conditions.
NBC averaged a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.56 million viewers in primetime Saturday night (8-11 PM), according to preliminary fast-affiliate data. The network won the night among the Big Four broadcast networks in the demo, edging second-place FOX (1.6). The network finished third for the night in viewership, behind CBS (6.14 mil), and FOX (4.77 mil).